• Valerie

Again and Again Review



This month we are taking a look at Trilla Newbell's latest book The Big Wide Welcome, another installment of the Tales that Tell Truth Series.


I love all the books in this series. If they ever do a full series set my wallet will be in trouble.


This particular book is a true story about Jesus, James, and a Church that learned to love all sorts of people.


This is a child friendly look at James 2:1-26. The illustrations by Catalina Echeverri are so inviting and truly present this intense bit of scripture in a way that kids can understand and relate to.



Sidebar, there's a red head in the book that give Jesus a hug that I like a lot. She's also wearing my favorite color.


This beautiful hardback Bible storybook for 3-6-year-olds uses the Bible’s teaching on favoritism from James chapter 2 to encourage children to love and welcome people regardless of their wealth, personality or background, just like Jesus does.

Jesus knows that everyone needs him to rescue them from their sin, and he welcomes anyone who is sorry and asks to be his friend. In this book, children will learn that Christians and churches are called to be like Jesus: to give a big, wide welcome to all kinds of people so that they can hear the good news for themselves.


Happy Reading!




Trilla Newbell is the author of the kids’ books Creative God, Colorful Us and God’s Very Good Idea, a Bible study on Hebrews 11, A Great Cloud of Witnesses, and a Bible study on Romans 8, If God Is For Us, as well as the books Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith, Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more.


She was also a commentator for World Radio (a sister platform for World Magazine). She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She spent seven years serving as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is currently an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers.


Her greatest love besides God is her family. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.